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Staff Biography: Kurt Schneider
Kurt M. Schneider is a 66-year old Detroit, MICH native
who has combined a business and sports reporting career
As General Manager of Phone Programs of Michigan, Inc.
from 1985--1999 and as G.M./Owner of M.C.W.
Communications from 1997--present, Schneider has been
responsible for all business functions of these two
communications companies. Budget, payroll, personnel,
human resources, media and customer relations and sales
all are under his umbrella of duties.
Schneider's tasks have also included the complete design
and construction supervision of two broadcast studios and
communications hub centers in Southfield, MICH for PPI and a similar installation in Warren, MICH
Schneider also served the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association in an executive capacity.
He is the only three time President of the D.S.B.A. and also served the organization as Chairman, Vice President and Treasurer.
"Coach Kurt" Schneider began his coaching and broadcasting careers simultaneously in 1970 at Wayne State University. After spending the 1969 season as a placekicker on the WSU freshman football team and being elected Treasurer of the Wayne State Freshman Class of 1969-70, Schneider "went upstairs" to the broadcast booth as Sports Director of WAYN Radio and "behind the bench" as Head Coach of the Tartar ice hockey club.
While serving on the WSU "President's Athletic Committee" Schneider coached his ice-men for four seasons winning one league and two playoff championships. He also did play-by-play for WSU varsity football, basketball and baseball for both WAYN-AM and WDET-FM.
At WSU Schneider was inducted to the "David MacKenzie Honor Society" and selected to
"Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities."
"Coach Kurt" Schneider is in his fifth decade of media coverage of the Detroit sports scene, reporting in locker rooms ranging from the World Series to the Stanley Cup Finals and doing play-by-play of everything from college football to demolition derby.
Coach Kurt has worked for eleven different Detroit radio and television stations, including WJR
and WWJ, and all of the major national radio networks. He has also written for numerous sports publications including Red Wing and Gold Belt magazines, the Royal Oak Daily Tribune and USA
Today's "Sports Weekly."
Schneider's broadcast play-by-play/color commentary/intermission host credits include the NHL Detroit Red Wings, NHL Minnesota North Stars, NBA Detroit Pistons, NASL Detroit Express, OHL Detroit Jr. Wings, the U.S. Open Golf tournament, the Detroit Grand Prix auto race, Michigan State University football and Oakland University men's basketball, the MHSAA football and basketball state finals, plus professional boxing and wrestling including "WrestleMania III" at the Pontiac Silverdome and "Motor City Wrestling."
Coach Kurt wore many hats for Motor City Wrestling including promoter, commentator, manager and sometime grappler when he was known as "The Hun."
As player-coach of the D.S.B.A./Detroit Press Club/M.C.W. softball team since 1979, Schneider has guided his clubs to eight state media championships, four other tournament first place finishes, five Liberty Park/USSSA division titles, two ECSA league championships at Dearborn-Rotunda and three
playoff titles and two division championships in the Sterling Heights Park & Rec league. His lengthening list of more than 500 victories includes three consecutive wins over the Detroit Red Wings in a spirited series.
Schneider has also coached little league baseball and recreation basketball and was player-
coach of the onetime D.S.B.A. soccer team which competed at both Cobo Arena and the Pontiac Silverdome.
Schneider is also a former minor hockey official working as a goal judge for both the WHA Michigan Stags and CHL Michigan Falcons.
Kurt and wife Christine were married in 1973 and have three adult children and five
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